The New Democratic Party (French: Nouveau Parti démocratique), commonly referred to by its acronym NDP in English and NPD in French, is a social-democratic federal political party in Canada.The current leader of the NDP is Thomas Mulcair, who was elected in the 2012 leadership election.
The provincial wings of the NDP in Manitoba and Nova Scotia currently form the governments in those provinces. Provincial parties have previously formed governments in British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and the territorial party formed the government in Yukon. In the 2011 federal election under the leadership of Jack Layton, the NDP won the second-most seats in the Canadian House of Commons, gaining the title of Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian ...
Robin MacLachlan is the face of a new breed in Ottawa: NDP corporate lobbyist.
The former NDP staffer works the phones on behalf of 11 clients – including large companies such as Cisco Systems, Nalcor Energy and Nestlé Canada Inc. – and increasingly pops up on political talk shows as an NDP supporter.
He prefers to say he’s in the “government relations” business.
“The word lobbyist has taken on a bit of a pejorative character to it, so for that I may get the odd joke from my social democratic friends, but it’s all in good humour,” ...
New Democratic Party MPs called Thursday for stronger civilian oversight of the Canadian military, saying the Afghan-detainees affair has shown the need for greater transparency and accountability by the Canadian Forces.
They proposed the creation of a civilian office of inspector general, similar to positions in the United States and Australia.
Citing Britain and Australia, they said the existing judge advocate general — the top legal person in the military — should be a civilian, not a member of the armed forces.
The proposals were made at a news conference held by Ottawa MP ...
Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance, up three points since February.The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent, down two points in a month. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties, also down two points in a month. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in ...
Resource development requires a Nation-to-Nation approach The recent historic decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in favour of the Tsilhqot’in Nation means all levels of government will need to consider whether or not they’ve met the duty to consult or justified an infringement prior to resource development, says the NDP.
“As political leaders, we cannot accept that resource development is a zero-sum game. We have an obligation to help find a way forward that benefits us all,” writes Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair in a letter to the Prime Minister.“Now, more than ever, we can and must work together to achieve real progress. You will find in me and my party willing and constructive partners,” added the leader of the NDP.
NDP condemns abduction and murder of Israeli teenagers NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar issued the following statement on the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers:
"I am deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless deaths of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron. My thoughts are with the families of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Shaar. Those responsible for the deaths of these young men must be brought to justice.
The targeting of civilians for abduction and murder – most egregiously children – is a reprehensible act of terror. All youth have a right to live, learn, and grow in peace, protected by international law and human decency.
All governments share a common duty to protect children and we urge the Canadian government to help Israel and the Palestinian Authority work together to find the perpetrators of this crime and hold them accountable."
NDP condemns kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teenager NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement on the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager:
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Mohammed Abu Khudair, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy. My thoughts are with his family.
The targeting of civilians, in particular children, for abduction and murder is a reprehensible act of terror. Those responsible for this crime must be held accountable.
I urge the Minister of Foreign Affairs to offer Israel and the Palestinian Authority Canada’s assistance in ensuring that those responsible for this appalling crime are brought to justice, and that all children of the region are able to live in safety.”
Conservatives’ selective memory of Canadian history 144 years ago – July 3rd, 1870 – R.B. Bennett, Canada’s 11th Prime Minister, is born.
Many will be surprised to learn that Bennett –a Conservative Prime Minister – created the country’s public broadcaster in 1932. It may be hard to believe today, after enduring 8 years of Stephen Harper’s government, but there was a time when Conservatives were focused on building, not destroying national institutions like the CBC.
Ironically, the same Conservative government that claims they want to honour our country’s history and heritage let this anniversary go quietly by.
Rather than throwing away $500,000 just to paste a new name and logo on the Canadian Museum of Civilization History, or spending $70 million to rewrite the history of the War of 1812 in the Conservatives own image, our Minister of Heritage should be celebrating all of our country’s greatest achievements including R.B. Bennett’s creation of our public broadcaster 82 years ago.
Canadians deserve better.